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8 80 cities’ Gil Penalosa giving keynote address for City of Burlington’s Urban Park Strategies talk


Burlington has a special guest lined up for an upcoming public engagement session on an Urban Park Strategy for the city — 8 80 Cities’ Gil (Guillermo) Penalosa.

The city is developing an Urban Park Strategy to guide the development of parks to align with our Mobility Hubs and with a focus on urban growth areas.

“The City of Burlington is working on our Mobility Hubs and urban growth. As we move toward ‘growing up’, we want to hear what residents would like to see in these outdoor spaces, connectivity and urban parks, so we can continue to make Burlington a great place to live, work and play.” — Executive Director of Capital Works Allan Magi

Gil is the founder and chair of 8 80 Cities, a Canadian-based, international, non-profit organization that is grounded on the concept of “what if everything we did in our cities had to be great for an eight-year-old and an 80-year-old?”

His talk will focus on the features of great urban parks and public spaces that create a sense of community.

“This is not a time for citizens to be spectators; everyone needs to participate in creating a healthy and successful community for all. Burlington has a great opportunity, as well as responsibility; the city under construction is where many generations will live for hundreds of years. The quality and quantity of parks and other public spaces will have a great impact on citizen’s happiness, regardless of age or background.” — 8 80 Cities Founder and Chair Gil Penalosa

After Gil’s talk, residents will get a chance to learn about the City’s work towards an Urban Park Strategy for Burlington and be given the chance to share their ideas on what these parks could look like.

Event details:

  • Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
    7-9 p.m. – doors open at 6:30 p.m.
    La Salle Pavilion, Main Ball Room, 2nd Level
    50 North Shore Blvd., Burlington

The event is free, but seating is limited, so you’re encouraged to register for the event online.

For more information about the event, please visit the City of Burlington Calendar page.

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